The latest book, “The Man Within My Head,’’ by Pico Iyer, is his tribute to the British novelist Graham Greene, author of such classics as “The End of the Affair’’ and “The Quiet American“.The Book title, is a reference to Greene’s first novel, a rather unknown work called “The Man Within’’, which begins with the sentence, “There’s another man within me’’.The Book is more importantly Iyer’s decades-long sensation that Greene has, in some weird sense, been inhabiting his psyche. Exploring this weird sensation, Iyer presents reasons, both shallow and deep, which try to substantiate why he thinks Greene inhabits his psyche.
by: Pico Iyer
publisher: Knopf, published: 2012-01-03
sales rank: 3621
price: $17.02 (new)
We all carry people inside our heads—actors, leaders, writers, people out of history or fiction, met or unmet, who sometimes seem closer to us than people we know.
In The Man Within My Head, Pico Iyer sets out to unravel the mysterious closeness he has always felt with the English writer Graham Greene; he examines Greene’s obsessions, his elusiveness, his penchant for mystery. Iyer follows Greene’s trail from his first novel, The Man Within, to such later classics as The Quiet American and begins to unpack all he has in common with Greene: an English public school education, a lifelong restlessness and refusal to make a home anywhere, a fascination with the complications of faith. The deeper Iyer plunges into their haunted kinship, the more he begins to wonder whether the man within his head is not Greene but his own father, or perhaps some more shadowy aspect of himself.
Drawing upon experiences across the globe, from Cuba to Bhutan, and moving, as Greene would, from Sri Lanka in war to intimate moments of introspection; trying to make sense of his own past, commuting between the cloisters of a fifteenth-century boarding school and California in the 1960s, one of our most resourceful explorers of crossing cultures gives us his most personal and revelatory book.